BEL Swathi Mark II Weapon Locating Radar: Indian Army has placed orders for six units of Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar with state owned Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL). The order is estimated at around $ 51 million (INR 400 crores). Swathi Mark-II WLR is optimised for high altitude warfare and it has been cleared after going through a fresh round of trials in the mountain terrain.
Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar has been developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) that is mounted on a BEML-manufactured 6×6 truck instead of the baseline Swathi that is mounted on an 8×8 heavy-duty truck for easier operations in the mountain terrain.
Swathi Mark-II also has some performance improvements over its predecessor which likely will translate into more orders in near future coming from the Army for the new variant.
Indian Army has already procured 30 units of the earlier variant of Swathi that are deployed across the Line of Control (LoC). Mark-II was developed on Army’s request for a Weapon Locating Radar that has a lighter footprint in the mountain terrain.
Swathi Weapon Locating Radar
Swathi Mark-II Weapon Locating Radar automatically locates hostile guns, mortars and rocket launchers being fired from a distance of up to 60-80 km. Detection, location and tracking of the requisite targets is handled by the advanced algorithms.
This radar is designed to detect projectiles which have small cross sections across the battle-space, and has the capability to handle simultaneous fire from weapons deployed at multiple locations. This will help Indian Army to take a counter measure.
*1 USD = 78.6363 INR